It's a simple porridge. But, it's warm and hearty and redolent with all the flavors that exemplify the beginnings of autumn. Spicy ginger and warming cinnamon. A splash of vanilla and a quick grate of nutmeg. And a pinch of salt to bring everything together. On top of everything, oatmeal is seriously good for you. But, that's neither here nor there. It's delicious. And, on a brisk morning like today, there's really nothing better than a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Especially when Peef is the one in the kitchen, cooking it up.
But, there are a few tricks to making that perfect bowl of oatmeal. Here's what we like to do.
- It helps to start with a good quality whole grain oatmeal (not instant or quick-cooking). Personally, I love both the texture of steel cut oats and the creamy texture you get from rolled oats. So, I like to use a mixture of the two.
- Use milk for cooking the oatmeal. This gives your breakfast more protein, as well as a richer flavor and a super creamy texture. For two servings, we like to use 1 cup of whole milk and 1/2 cup of water.
- Add fruit! In this case, we added crisp apples. But, just about any fruit will work. Try dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, cherries, or pineapple. Or add fresh fruit like peaches or blueberries toward the end of cooking.
- If you'd like a little textural crunch, try adding a handful of chopped nuts. Walnuts are a particular nutritional powerhouse, but almonds offer additional calcium and an amazing sweet nuttiness. A dollop of peanut or almond butter is also delicious.
- You can microwave your oatmeal... but trust me when I say that it's really better when cooked the old-fashioned way, right on the stovetop. To cut down on the cooking time, soak the oats in water overnight by bringing the water to a boil, turning off the heat, and adding the oats. Cover the pot and let sit over night. The next morning, reheat the oatmeal on low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Peef's Spiced Apple Oatmeal
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